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Giving Opportunities

Smith students and faculty thrive on the exceptional library resources and services that lie at the heart of the Smith experience. Join the hundreds of alumnae and other supporters who help maintain the excellence of Smith’s libraries through philanthropy. Below are ways you can support the Libraries.

Financial Donations

New Neilson Library

Donate online to New Neilson Library (Select Resourceful Smith) - Your contribution supports the major renovation of Neilson Library and the Alumnae Gymnasium, and ensures that Neilson Library continues to be a vibrant hub for learning and scholarship. To learn about leadership giving opportunities in Neilson and the Alumnae Gym, contact Betsy Carpenter ‘93, Director of Development at 413-585-2052 or

Smith College Libraries and the Friends of the Libraries

Donate online to Smith College Libraries - Select a dollar amount, then choose one of the following funds:

  • Friends of the Libraries Membership - Provides annual support for the Libraries and underwrites many initiatives that improve the quality of services and resources provided to students and faculty. For more information, see Friends of the Smith College Libraries.
  • Dean of Libraries Innovation Fund -  Helps the Libraries respond nimbly to new technologies, evolving curricula and service models. 
  • Friends of the Libraries Endowed Fund - Helps preserve the long term vitality of the Libraries.
  • Special Instructions - Enter the fund of your choice and any other instructions relevant to your gift.

Special Collections

Donate online to Smith College Special Collections - The Libraries’ Special Collections have special needs. To explore unique funding opportunities that support Special Collections development priorities, please contact the Director of Special Collections, Elizabeth Myers,

Note: If you would prefer to send a check, please make it out to Smith College with the name of the fund on the memo line and mail it to: Smith College Gift Accounting Office, 33 Elm Street, Smith College, Northampton, MA 01063. Gifts of securities may be made by calling 800-526-2023. Direct queries about library gifts to Mary Irwin, Libraries Development Officer, 413-585- 2903 or

Gifts of Materials

Gifts of books and other materials that meet the criteria of the Libraries’ collecting policy are welcome. Read more about Gifts of Materials. Note: Neilson Library is not accepting gifts until further notice.

Please contact Special Collections for donations of manuscript materials, rare books, and archives.

Matching Gifts

With matching gifts, it is possible to double, triple, or even quadruple your impact. Find out here if your company matches employee charitable contributions.

Endowed Support

Library endowments provide a steady stream of income that protects the Smith Libraries in variable economic times. Library endowments provide critical funds as well as honor Smith alumnae and friends. To learn about specific library needs and how to create an endowment contact the Libraries Development Officer, Mary Irwin,

Planned Giving

Planned gifts can be of enormous benefit by ensuring the future well-being of the Libraries with built-in benefits for you and your family. Smith College planned giving staff will be pleased to provide you with information about and support in making a bequest, charitable gift annuity, or charitable trust.

Tax Benefit

All gifts to the Smith College Libraries are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law.